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Utah Land Avoids Oil Industry

Article: Utah Land Avoids Oil Industry

By PAUL FOY – February 4 2009 – SALT LAKE CITY In a high-profile reversal of the Bush administration, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday the government is scrapping the lease of 77 parcels of federal land for oil and gas drilling in Utah’s redrock country. “In the last weeks in office, the Bush administration…

Bush-Era Oil and Gas Leases Near Utah Parks Canceled

Article: Bush-Era Oil and Gas Leases Near Utah Parks Canceled

WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2009 (ENS) – Sales of oil and gas leases on 77 parcels of land near national parks and monuments in Utah were halted today by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The parcels were auctioned by the Bureau of Land Management in December 2008. “I have directed the BLM not to…

Redford, Conservationists Seek Injunction to Stop Utah Lease Sales

Article: Redford, Conservationists Seek Injunction to Stop Utah Lease Sales

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – Today, Robert Redford joined members of Congress and a coalition of environmental, preservation and business groups in an effort to stop the Bureau of Land Management from auctioning Utah wilderness to oil and gas companies. At a news conference, the environmental and preservation groups led by Natural Resources…

Utah BLM Defers Energy Leasing Near National Parks

Article: Utah BLM Defers Energy Leasing Near National Parks

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, December 15, 2008 (ENS) – This coming Friday, the Bureau of Land Management Utah will offer over 300,000 acres for energy leases in a hotly disputed lease sale, but the federal agency has deferred leasing some of the most contentious parcels. The final list for the December 19 sale includes 132…

Robert Redford: Mr. President, Respect Our Choice

Article: Robert Redford: Mr. President, Respect Our Choice

Americans Rejected ‘Drill, Baby, Drill.’ Bush Should Respect Our Choice. By Robert Redford Part of the change Americans just voted for in overwhelming numbers was to move away from the failed energy philosophy of “drill, baby, drill” to a more farsighted strategy, emphasized by Barack Obama, based on clean, renewable energy and efficiency. Yet on…